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Judge Shanta Owens to Speak at ASU’s 296th Commencement Exercises

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Author: Timothy C. Ervin

Release Date: Dec 04, 2017

Alabama State University will confer more than 400 undergraduate and graduate degrees during its Fall Commencement Exercises on Dec. 8.

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Thousands of parents, friends and extended family members are expected to attend Alabama State University’s 296th Commencement Exercises, where more than 400 students will receive their degrees.

 

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. The Honorable Shanta Owens, District Judge in the criminal division for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, will deliver the commencement address.

 

In November 2008, Owens was elected to the bench to serve as a District Judge in the criminal division for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. She is the Presiding Judge for the Drug Court Program for the Birmingham Division of Jefferson County, a rehabilitation program for nonviolent drug offenders who want to live drug free lives. It is the largest Drug Court Program in the state of Alabama.

Owens, a Birmingham native, graduated from Alabama State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in 1999. After completing her undergraduate studies, she attended Louisiana State University School of Law and the Université D’Aix-Marseille III in Aix-en-Provence, France where she enrolled in the dual degree program and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees.

Owens has been honored as one of ASU’s inaugural 50 Under 50 recipients, Birmingham Magazine’s 2014 “Women Who Make a Difference,” B-Metro Magazine’s 2014 Fusion Award Recipient, 2014 Top 20 under 40 for Who’s Who in Black Alabama, 2014 Best In Minority Business Awards for Encouraging Diversity, 2013 Alabama State University Silhouette of Service Honoree, 2011 NAACP Wonderful Outstanding Women Honoree, 2010 Alabama State University Outstanding Alumni in Law, 2010 Birmingham Magazine’s Legal Eagles Edition, and 2009 Alpha Kappa Alpha Legacy of Leadership Honoree.

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